White Plains, NY — As noted in a recent editorial in The New York Times, health experts are explaining one of the best ways to fight the spread of COVID-19 is the utilization of earned sick leave.

Workers in Westchester County should be aware that effective April 10, 2019, most employees in in the County became entitled to earned sick leave, under a law passed by the Board of Legislators in October 2018 and signed by County Executive George Latimer.

Legislator Catherine Borgia (D - Briarcliff Manor, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Ossining, Peekskill), the law’s chief sponsor, said, “Staying home when you’re sick is one of the most important steps people can take to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. This is especially important if you work with vulnerable populations like older people, children or people with health issues. Our earned sick leave law puts workers in position to do just that if necessary.”

Board Chair Ben Boykin (D – White Plains, Scarsdale, Harrison) said, “With this law, most workers in Westchester have the opportunity to earn sick leave. We just want to remind people that this resource is available to them if they need to take advantage of it.”

Beginning on July 10, 2019 (or on the date of first employment, if hired after July 10, 2019), employees began earning one hour of sick leave for every thirty hours worked. Some employees will are entitled to paid sick leave. Employees can use sick leave to access medical or mental health diagnosis, treatment, or preventative care for themselves or a family member.

For more information on Earned Sick Leave, check out the County’s website at: humanrights.westchestergov.com/resources/earned-sick-leave-law.